News from June 2014

BLAST machine image (AMI) hosted at Amazon Web Services

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The NCBI now has a BLAST installation at Amazon Web Services, as part of an effort to deliver services to users with new cloud technologies. The installation can be accessed as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI), which allows users to run stand-alone searches with the BLAST+ applications, submit searches through a subset of the NCBI-BLAST URL API, and perform searches with a simplified web page. The AMI also includes a FUSE client that can download BLAST databases during the first search.

Green monkey annotation release 100 now available

Monday, June 23, 2014

The green monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus) annotation is now accessible in the Nucleotide, Protein sequence and Gene databases, searchable using BLAST, and downloadable from the FTP site.

NCBI's latest YouTube video explores Variation Viewer

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The most recent video from NCBI demonstrates the basic functions of the Variation Viewer, a tool for navigating variant data in dbSNP, dbVar and ClinVar in a genomic context.

GenBank release 202.0 is now available via FTP

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Release 202.0 (6/12/2014) has 173,353,076 non-WGS, non-CON records containing 161,822,845,643 base pairs of sequence data. In addition, there are 175,779,064 WGS records containing 719,581,958,743 base pairs of sequence data.

RefSeq model sequences can now be constructed from genomic and transcript sequences

Friday, June 13, 2014

Software version 6.0 of the Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline has recently been released. Starting with this release, RefSeq transcript and protein models, which have traditionally been constructed based on the genomic sequence alone, can now be constructed from a combination of the genomic sequence (upon which the model is called) and transcript sequence that compensates for small gaps in the genomic sequence.

Genome Workbench 2.7.19 released

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Genome Workbench 2.7.19 has been released. The update has several new features, including improved searching and case sensitivity in Text View. The release notes include more information on features, fixes and improvements.

dbSNP human Build 141 now available

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

dbSNP human Build 141, based on the GRCh38 and GRCh37.p13 assemblies, is now available on the integrated NCBI Entrez system and through FTP. Build 141 provides more than 260 million submitted SNP (ss) and over 62 million Reference SNP (rs) clusters. To see complete build statistics, visit the dbSNP summary page. For more information on Build 141, including notes on downloading, policy revisions, and reporting on RefSNP, see this dbSNP listserv announcement.

New features simplify access to annotation information in NCBI's Gene

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NCBI’s Gene resource is pleased to announce several new features aimed at providing easier access to annotation information.

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